Naked Week: The Cold Quest for Body Acceptance

By Paul A. Djupe [image credit: The Denisonian] For some it’s a spring tradition at Denison – take off your clothes and run across A Quad. As The Denisonian put it glowingly in 2014, “The methods are unorthodox, but the results are outstanding” and “the future for social acceptance at Denison looks brighter than ever.”…

Loneliness On Campus

By Zach Broeren [Photo Credit: Minh Tran ‘24] During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important issues that young adults have faced is an ever increasing crisis of mental health. Social isolation and living life online have been detrimental to young Americans, so much so that CDC reported that there was a 31% increase…

Stress and Coping at Denison Across 2021

By Gus Hoffmann The pandemic pushed everyone out of their rhythm, kept us apart from our friends and loved ones, and disrupted many of the ways we take the stress out of our lives. It was no surprise that everyone was talking about mental health last year. But there are lots of reasons to think…

The Social Politics of Drinking

By Sarah MacKenzie As we are reaching a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic and coming up on almost a year of mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccine chasing, the 2020 presidential election feels like a blip in an infinite amount of time. However, specifically at Denison, the election was perhaps the event of the season….

Socially isolating before it was cool

By Shayne Silver-Riskin In September of 2018, I entered social isolation because outside felt scary. COVID-19 had not yet reared its ugly head, but social anxiety had already reared its ugliness inside my head. I would often go days without leaving my dorm because even when I hurriedly paced down the hallway to the bathroom,…